Pondering when to reopen your pond this spring?Reopening a garden pond involves checking off a lot of items and ensuring specific habitation levels are met, but once you do it, its beauty is well worth the work.Winter can leave anything left outdoors damaged or filled with debris. It is normal to open your pond when the water temperature averages 50° or higher. Here is a brief guide to help pond-owners complete this annual task!Basic MaintenanceJust like your lawn or vegetable garden, getting your pond ready for the new season involves performing basic maintenance such as cleaning and prepping.Start by removing any leaves or sticks from the pond cover to prevent accumulated debris from falling into the pond. Using a pond vacuum or a scooper, clear any remaining debris inside the pond. Check to see how much sludge has built up over winter and determine whether you will need to replace all the water, or...
A well-kept yard takes a lot of work. Sometimes, yard maintenance involves too much work for one person. Luckily, there are professionals that will keep your yard looking fantastic and can assist you with improving it. Here are some tips for finding a professional to help with yard work, fencing, or landscaping.Set a BudgetTypically, landscaping a space will cost approximately 10% of the value of your property. However, landscaping can add up to 15% to the value of your home. These approximations depend on the project and what you want done. It is important to be realistic about the cost. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. You want to give yourself extra wiggle room in case any unexpected charges pop up.Create a DesignWhen you have decided what your budget is, the next step is to visualize and design how you want your property to look. This goes beyond “I want to install a fence and put ...
The end of summer is a crucial time for pool owners.Temperatures are dropping and so can your yearly pool maintenance costs, depending on how you prepare your pool for winter. While many people hire outside help to close their pools, you can save hundreds of dollars by doing the work yourself; and the best news is that winterizing your water does not have to take all day! With the proper tools and a few hours at home, you can close your own in-ground or above-ground pool this season – and gain some valuable experience for years to come.Closing In-Ground PoolsWhen preparing your in-ground pool for winter, a good place to start is with the water itself: do not drain it too low. Keeping the correct water levels through wintertime will be crucial to your pool liner’s health, so make sure to drain no lower than just below the skimmer. Checking the pH levels (how acidic your water is), and balancing your...
Statement water features such as ponds or fountains are
staples in home landscape design for good reason. They provide an oasis of
tranquility right in your backyard, enhance the natural ecosystem in your area,
and they never seem to go out of style.If you have a body of water in your yard, choosing the right
plants is important. Pond plants are not just there to look pretty – they
perform essential functions to keep your water, and all the little
microorganisms that live within it, healthy and thriving. They help to maintain
the pH balance of pond water, oxygenate the water for the local microorganisms
and fish, reduce excess algae growth by providing cover from sunlight, and they
are a natural shelter for fish and other organisms to lay eggs.There are three main types of pond plants with different characteristics.
Your pond should ideally have a few species of each type, to promote aesthetic
Welcome to your guide on how to turn your garden into a
masterpiece with the help of garden art. Pulling from traditional elements and mixing with modern style - your garden is your canvas and garden
art is your paint. The beauty of turning your garden into a work of art is that
by doing so, you are making your space unique and original.Choosing Your ThemeDepending on what type of garden you already have, you will
most likely want to incorporate your art pieces into the already existing
theme. How do you choose a theme? Horticultural
expert Barbara Damrosch says,
“There are no hard and fast rules, but if you have a modern house or a very old-fashioned
house, what will compliment it?” Try
to keep in mind what your foundation is and plan accordingly.Here are a few themes to consider:If you like a whimsical garden feel, then go for a fantasy
garden. You can achieve this by filling your garden wit...